How to become a business analyst

Just about any industry uses business analysts, from IT and telecoms to retail and financial institutions. 

There is a growing demand for business analysts in many organizations. And anyone who loves crunching numbers and trawling through data to find insights may find this is the career for them. 

But what do business analysts do and how do you become one? There are various ways to become a business analyst. As a first step into this career, you should determine if you are a good fit for such a role and figure out what skills, training, and qualifications you need.

What is a business analyst?

The job title sounds generic, but being a business analyst is certainly not monotonous. The role is diverse and wide-ranging and changes from business to business. 

Depending on the organization, this can be an entry-level position or a role for experienced professionals. This means business

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Women’s Business Centers Get $2.7 Million in SBA Grants

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has issued 14 grant awards to organizations across the US in a drive to improve delivery, training and support to women-owned businesses impacted by Covid-19.

Each grant awarded equated to up to $200,000. They are part of the Women’s Business Centers (WBC) Resiliency and Recovery Demonstration Grant under the SBA’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership (OWBO).

SBA Awards $2.7M in Grants to Women’s Business Centers

From gender stereotypes to a lack of access to finance, women entrepreneurs face complex challenges when starting, growing and sustaining a business. The challenges that surfaced from the Covid-19 pandemic put additional strain on female-led businesses.

Research shows that around 83% of women entrepreneurs reported that the pandemic had a negative impact on their business, while almost four in ten say their business will or may have to close as a result.

The grant program is designed to address and

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Chinese EV maker Nio cut sales forecast due to chip supply shortage

BEIJING, Sept 1 (Reuters) – Chinese electric vehicle (EV) maker Nio Inc (NIO.N) on Wednesday cut its delivery forecast for the third quarter this year due to uncertain and volatile semiconductor supplies.

Nio cut its delivery forecast for the third quarter to around 22,500 to 23,500 vehicles from a previous 23,000-25,000 vehicles. It delivered 5,880 electric sports-utility vehicles last month, up 48% from a year earlier.

Li Auto Inc (L87Ay.F), which sells extended-range electric vehicles, said it sold 9,433 vehicles last month, up 248% from a year earlier. It targets 10,000 units monthly sales in September.

Xpeng Inc (9868.HK), sold 7,214 cars in August, up 172% year-on-year. Its chief executive He Xiaopeng said it expects monthly deliveries to reach 15,000 units in the final quarter this year.

A prolonged global chip shortage has caught major automakers including Ford Motor (F.N), Honda Motor (7267.T), General Motors (GM.N)

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P33, World Business Chicago using ads on Facebook, elsewhere to woo tech workers

Over the past several years, data points to evidence that Chicago’s tech scene is growing, with 2021 shaping up to be a defining year for local startups. PitchBook and National Venture Capital Association figures show that local companies have been raising record amounts of venture capital this year, which allows startup staffs and valuations to grow. 

In the first half of 2021, local tech companies raised $3.8 billion; that already eclipses last year’s total, which was the highest since 2014. Data from WBC also shows that 11 Chicago startup companies have reached “unicorn” status in 2021, an industry term for companies valued at over $1 billion.

Kathryn Finney, an entrepreneur and investor known for launching Digitalundivided and #ProjectDiane, and her husband, Tobias Wright, a software engineer at Microsoft, moved to Chicago this year from Atlanta, though not because of P33 ads. Besides having family in the area, they each

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